5 Collections We’re Reading for National Poetry Month

Celebrate with these gorgeous and approachable collections that speak to our world and ourselves.

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I didn’t always think of myself as a “poetry person.” I thought poems were reserved for the most high-brow among us, someone who could read a poem and infer pages of meaning from only a few lines. Boy, was I wrong. Every April is National Poetry Month, and I make it a point to read a few poetry collections to celebrate.

Every time I pick up a volume, I’m shocked by how approachable poems are. They’re shorter in length than a novel, so you can digest more at a time without feeling overwhelmed. And the meaning of each poem comes from inside each of us; the writer’s words become imbued with our own experience and meaning, so they begin to feel individual and wholly unique to us. These were the volumes of poetry I read this month, and I didn’t have trouble understanding a single one. I guess I’m a poetry person after all.

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About Abbe Wright

Abbe Wright

ABBE WRIGHT is the Senior Editor of Read It Forward. She has written for Glamour, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Cut and tweets about books (and The Bachelor) at @abbewright.

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